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Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Avon Old Farms Hotel
279 Avon Mountain Rd.
Avon, CT  06001
United States of America
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September 25, 2020
Karen Cook
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Alicia.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sgt-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 35
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: Erik Hansen (Speaker)
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
None today.
Salin Low - Salin celebrated her birthday by having lunch with Kathy Hines Lucas, who is a friend and the first women President of our club.
Happy Moments
Gary Miller was happy that the Golf Tournament was a huge success--well beyond his wildest expectations. He thanked the committee and members for their contributions. The tournaments net return will likely be over $61,000. 
Kathleen Parr said that she and her husband were heading to Acadia in Maine to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. She had also talked with Capri Brighenti, who was hoping to host a Rotary event at Miller Farms sometime this fall.
Phil Ferrari knew another Phil Ferrari existed but had not met him yet. They finally met at our golf tournament. The other Phil, AKA the "Bad Phil, seemed to get along with our Phil, AKA the "Good Phil".
Don Bonner reported that Rick and Chris Heath now own two prints of his paintings. Heather Pantano and Chuck Joseph own the others.
Larry Sullivan referred to Phil Ferrari's story by saying that he had another Larry Sullivan in high school. When he moved to Canton, Larry received a bill meant for the other one.
Jennifer Gonzales enjoyed the fellowship at the tournament and was very happy that the fundraiser for Shepherd Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center was a success. About 100 people attended and raised $16,000. Next year we would all be invited to attend.
President Alicia Canning was very pleased with the Golf Tournament and said the Silent Auction had raised $5000. Phil Ferrari completed an internal review of our finances which were all in good condition. 
Alicia provided an update on Sean Blacker who is now home, but his colon cancer was determined to be stage 4. Sean will start chemotherapy this week. Alicia said he is in great spirits and is received lots of support from family and friends. Sean's home address is 164 Secret Lake Road in Avon.
GoFundMe page for Sean where individuals can donate:  
Gary Hyde reported that only a few items are outstanding for the Golf Tournament. The total income is nearly $92,000 with expenses of $31,000. The net is just over $61,000.
Chris Lamadrid said the Senior Luncheon at the Canton Community Center will be September 24th from noon to 2:00 pm. 50 seniors have signed up to received lunch. The Golf Club of Avon will provide the same lunch boxes that we had for the golf tournament. The Canton High School Interact will provide musical entertainment. 
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Hartford Wolf Pack

Erik Hansen - VP Business Operations

Erik Hansen has been the Vice President for Business Operations for the Hartford Wolf Pack since December 2019. He is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He started out as a Criminal Justice major, but an internship with a police unit convinced him he didn't have the stomach for it. He switched to communications which matched up to his love of sports. After graduation in 2002, he started out with the Philadelphia Phantoms Hockey team as a Senior Account Executive. He moved on to the 76ers and Flyers working on increased sales results. Prior to arriving in Hartford, he spent time with the South Carolina Stingrays, the NY Jets, and eight years with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This experience led to a call to come to Hartford and join the Wolf Pack/Rangers team in his current position.
The Wolf Pack won their first fourteen home games and ticket sales were surging. In March, COVID-19 stopped everything. Erik was at home when he heard that the NBA was calling off their season and knew that hockey would likely also stop.
The Wolf Pack is a minor league team with a record of moving 80% of its players up to the NHL as a main development league. The Wolf Pack has had a number of members move up to the NY Rangers. Erik compared NHL ticket sales to the Wolf Pack's pricing. NHL tickets with food run about $200 on average, while local tickets run $16 yielding a great value. The minor league currently has 16 teams with more coming. The league used to be primarily a New England league, but teams are forming around the country. The league is all about growing players. Players must be at least 18 years old, but most are in the 20's. They are encouraged to work in the community with a strong emphasis to introduce kids to hockey.
Where does the league stand now? December 4th was the target date to reopen, but that is becoming much less likely. Attendance is the primary source of income. The XL Center is still closed. Erik said that the XL Center could have 3500 fans in the arena under COVID-19 guidelines. Spectre is the parent company that manages the arena and restaurants. January or February seems to be a more realistic timeframe for the reopening. Like most companies, the future is uncertain at the moment. Most of the XL Center staff had to be let go. Erik said is has been performing a variety of tasks normally performed by support staff. The Toronto Soccer League is coming to train this coming week. Erik is convince that the team will be back bigger and stronger that before the pandemic.
Rollie Sterrett asked about the future of the XL Center. Erik said that Spectre still has plans for a face lift and moving forward to make the center the hub for downtown Hartford. The Center needs to find reasons for people to come back to downtown. Lots of money is being spent. 
Phil Ferrari asked whether the NCAA has cancelled games at the XL Center. According to Erik they have not. The center can hold basketball but fans are needed to make it financially worthwhile. 
Rollie wondered whether an NHL team might ever come back to Hartford. Erik didn't think that would be realistic now. NHL would require a higher population density and more local attractions to draw enough fans to NHL games.
Tom Voorhees asked about increasing attendance. Erik listed three factors that drive attendance--season tickets sales, group sales and single tickets. Currently Hartford lacks enough season ticket holders. When Erik was with the Phantoms, they had the highest season ticket base in the league. Erik is working on reasons to build season ticket sales for the Wolf Pack. The arena can hold 17,000 people. 
Kershwin Singh asked whether the NHL had any incentive to fund needed improvements. The NY Rangers would need a higher fan base. 
Rollie asked about pay for the players. The Rangers pay the salaries of the Wolf Pack players. A typical contract for the AHL/NHL is about $100,000.  The top salary is about $600,000.  


Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
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Photo Credits
Kate Sim's Slideshow 
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
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